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Ralph C. Martin II named chairman of The Partnership board

12/19/2013, 6 a.m.
Ralph C. Martin II has been named chairman of The Partnership Inc.’s board, returning to a role he previously held ...
Ralph C. Martin II

Ralph C. Martin II has been named chairman of The Partnership Inc.’s board, returning to a role he previously held nine years ago. Martin is currently senior vice president and general counsel for Northeastern University.

Founded 26 years ago, The Partnership is an organization dedicated to leadership development and talent management solutions for professionals of color. Nearly 3,000 professionals of color and 250 leading corporations have engaged The Partnership’s services.

“Ralph’s role in the Boston business community has spanned decades,” said Carol Fulp, president and chief executive officer of The Partnership. “Through these experiences, he has gained an invaluable understanding of the global marketplace and the important role people of color play in shaping the future. Perhaps most importantly, he is dedicated to giving back to his community and understands the importance of helping others succeed.”

“By selecting Ralph as the next Chairman of the Board, The Partnership is demonstrating its commitment to equip our future leaders with the tools they need to be successful,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “Ralph is continuing to strengthen his legacy of serving the people of Massachusetts, through education, mentorship and fellowship.”

Before joining Northeastern, Martin was the Managing Partner of Bingham McCutchen, a 1,100-lawyer international law firm. He is also the former Suffolk County District Attorney, having served as the elected prosecutor for Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop from 1992 to 2002. During his nearly 10 years in office, he was credited with helping to oversee substantial changes in the way law enforcement collaborated with other agencies to make dramatic improvements in crime prevention and prosecution.